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Medicine, Law and Public Policy in Scotlandc. 1850-1990$
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Mark Freemen, Eleanor Gordon, and Krista Maglen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781845861162

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781845861162.001.0001

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The Jews of Glasgow

The Jews of Glasgow

Aspects of Health and Welfare

(p.69) 4 The Jews of Glasgow
Medicine, Law and Public Policy in Scotland

Kenneth Collins

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter presents an overview of the history of health and welfare provision by and for the Jewish community of Glasgow in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It considers a range of community welfare initiatives, including the Glasgow Hebrew Philanthropic Society, the Glasgow Jewish Board of Guardians, various friendly societies, Christian missionary agencies and their work with the Jewish population, residential care, and youth and mental health organisations. The health statistics for the Jewish population of Glasgow show lower infant mortality and a higher birth rate than for the population as a whole. There was also a lower incidence of tuberculosis. Trachoma, often labelled as a ‘Jewish disease’, was not concentrated in the areas of high Jewish settlement in Glasgow. Although Jews, like other inhabitants of Glasgow, drew where necessary on existing statutory and philanthropic welfare agencies, the community developed its own agencies, and in doing so promoted the health and well-being of Jewish people in the city, and strengthened the sense of Jewish identity.

Keywords:   Glasgow, Jews, Anti-semitism, Social welfare, Jewish Board of Guardians

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